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  1. I believe Vick will have a really long leash because the other QBs on the Steelers' only other healthy QB is Landry Jones, who will be active during the regular season for the first time in his career. Keep in mind Jones has been on the Steelers' 53-man roster since being drafted in 2013.
  2. He's got 2B eligibility on ESPN.
  3. I think Guerrero should definitely be owned largely due to his 2B eligibility. Through June 14, he's got 10 HR and 28 RBI. Only Luis Valbuena (14) and Brian Dozier (13) have more HR. He's tied for the fourth most RBI among 2B, and only three behind Dozier for the most RBI by a 2B. To top this all off, Guerrero has done this with ~80-100 fewer AB than everyone else ahead of him. Even though his R are low (although a better spot in the order and more AB would improve them), his HR and RBI at 2B are just too good to pass up in this run-scoring environment. However, starting him in fantasy is another matter at the moment, since he's cold right now and we all know about his playing time.
  4. I'm gonna leave him on my bench. I watch most Tigers games, and there are two situations where their offense thrives this season: 1: vs Lefties (119 sOPS+ vs LH starters; 125 sOPS+ vs all LHP), and 2: during Day games (137 sOPS+ during Day games)
  5. You may be on to something here. Since 2008 he's been steadily increasing the time he takes between pitches. According to Fangraphs Tulo averaged 27.9 seconds between pitches last year, but he's currently averaging 26 seconds between pitches this season. While it's only a 2 second difference, and he's tied with Hanley for the longest time between pitches in the league, I have no idea how much this affects Tulo. As for the image My Dinner With Andre posted, I'd like to point out that Tulo is being thrown more strikes this season. So far this season, 50.6% of pitches to Tulo are strikes. Pitches are also throwing more first pitch strikes to Tulo; 63.4% this year, up 5% from last year and 4% from his career average. I think this accounts for the uptick in K% and could account for a drop in BB%, but not to the extent that we've seen so far this season. Just to add to the mystery, last year Tulo saw a career low percentage of strikes and had a career high BB%. I have no idea why pitchers went from pitching around him the most in his career last year to pounding the zone against him this year.
  6. First, Volquez's 3.32 BB/9 in 2014 was the lowest BB/9 of his career. That said, Volquez's BB/9 increased in the 2nd half last year. 1st Half: 3.0 BB/9 [37 BB in 111 IP] 2nd Half: 3.75 BB/9 [34 BB in 81.2 IP] While Volquez's drop in walks was nice, it seems that it came at the expense of strikeouts (his 6.54 K/9 last year was his worst over a full season). Two other notable career highs last year for Volquez were Strand Rate (77.5%, his career rate is 71.8%) and his First Pitch Strike Rate (60.2% last year up from his 55.1% career mark). In his first three starts this year, it seems like Volquez is continuing where he left off last year. So far this year: BB/9: 1.19 K/9: 6.75 Strand Rate: 78.3% First Pitch Strike Rate: 69.1% I'm really interested to see if Volquez can keep these changes up for a second year or if he regresses to his usual self.
  7. I hear you. He's killing me in my league that has bat flips as a category.
  8. In a H2H league, I have Harper, my opponent has Betts. Betts robs Harper of a 2-run HR, then hits a 3-run HR.
  9. While this article is about Tulo, I think it answers your question. In my opinion, the POP rules are cosmetic. While batters are supposed to keep one foot in the box, that's only if they take a pitch. If the batter swings, then they can leave the box, but have to stay on the dirt. Either way, there's no rule about time limits, so when Beltre takes a pitch, he can keep one foot in the box and still take as much time inbetween pitches as he has in previous years. Which is exactly what he's doing. In the PITCHf/x Plate Discipline section on a player's Fangraphs page, it has his Pace ("the average time inbetween pitches"). So far this year, Beltre is averaging 23.9 seconds inbetween pitches. Last year he averaged 22.8 seconds, and he's averaged 22.4 seconds inbetween pitches for his career. It figures that the guy that has defied Time increases the time between pitches the year that the POP rules are enacted.
  10. Yesterday, ESPN had him listed as the probable starter for today @MIA, and I was strongly thinking about streaming him. However, I see that TB named Steve Geltz today's starter, and now ESPN has Erasmo's next start listed as April 15 @TOR. Back to monitoring this guy.
  11. Looking at his numbers on Fangraphs, I think the increase in bunting is due to Williams. He had 11 bunt attempts in 960 AB in his first two seasons, or an attempt every 87 AB. Including his numbers today, he has 4 bunt attempts in 76 AB on the year, or one attempt every 19 AB.
  12. I don't see how it's Harper's fault that EY Jr stuck his leg out in an unusual way. Also, Young's shin hit Harper, not his knee, so the impact would have been more dispersed over a larger area than if he took a knee to the head.
  13. I think Harper has a big decision to make this offseason regarding the direction of his career. He can remain continue going all out even in situations where he could get hurt, which could lead to more years like 2013, or he could learn to ease up in situations to minimize his chances of injury, like not running into walls all the time. It's fun to watch players that go all out, but it is sad when age catches up to them and they get injured often. However, I think Harper has learned that always running into walls will limit his potential somewhat. I think that should he make the necessary adjustments to his game and avoids the wall collisions next year, he's a lock for 20-20 with 30-25 upside.
  14. I'm throwing him out against Texas. They are cold and as of right now, their doesn't seem to be much wind at the Ballpark in Arlington.
  15. Nobody ever said anything about the Cy Young. Now the MVP, that's realistic. Seriously, the dude plays in OAK, not to mention a division that includes SEA and HOU. He's worth the occasional stream, possibly owning in a deep AL-Only/mixed league.